Even Oprah Needs Help With This Jan 26 2009
It’s a simple concept that makes perfect logical sense. It is something that I have coached women on since I started my coaching business. It is common theme that I talk about with my clients in the addiction facility where I work. It is easy to say, but for many, impossible to do. Even Oprah admits she struggles with this.
SELF CARE. Doesn’t sound too challenging at first glance. Actually many of us give really good lip service to it. Then why, as a society, are we not taking it seriously.
Self Care is the foundation for EVERYTHING. It is one of the first things I look at with a coaching client, how are they looking after themselves, really looking after themselves.
Lack of self care is responsible for most of the challenging issues in our lives-our low energy, sickness, weight, feelings of overwhelm, stress, anxiety, job dissatisfaction, unhealthy relationships, depression and so on.
We need to start taking inventory of our lives and asking ourselves …Where am I on my priority list? When is the last time I did something for ME? Are the actions I take on a daily basis filling me up or draining me? Am I living a life that fills me with joy? If not, why not? What needs to change?
These are hard questions to answer and often it is easier not to answer them honestly. True self care is much more than the physical acts of exercise, healthy food or going for a massage. It is taking the time to recognize where in your life you are feeling stuck. It is about not avoiding the challenging issues of our lives, the ones that may require change and often times discomfort and even emotional pain.
Avoiding the things in our lives that aren’t working for us only ends up in an internal struggle that can cause many external challenges. Recognizing the areas of our lives that need change and accepting this is the first step towards honoring the practice of self care. Then making the commitment to do something about it comes next.
Applying self care to our lives, doesn’t always mean we do it ourselves. Often, real self care may require you to reach out for help from a friend, a family member, or a professional.
So, this year why not make SELF CARE your focus and ask the question daily…Where am I on my priority list? And then listen very carefully because deep down, you know the answer.